• Song of the Mountains mural in Marion

    The town of Marion, Virgina has become a familiar one to fans of bluegrass music based on the popularity of Song Of The Mountains, a live performance television show that airs on dozens of PBS affiliates across the US. Marion

  • Larry McPeak passes

    Larry McPeake, bass player and singer with The McPeak Brothers, died this morning in Bristol, VA. He had spent the past week hospitalized and his health had been rapidly declining. He was part of the historic trio with his brothers Dewey

  • Dave Vaught hospitalized this week

    We received a note this week from Tim White, host of Song Of The Mountains on PBS, and member of popular Virginia/Tennessee band, The VW Boys. He notes that one of the members of the band has been ill. Dave Vaught

  • Bluegrass Circle Promotions links up

    Five promoters of prominent bluegrass festivals have banded together in a new venture to jointly market and publicize their events. Together they will function as Bluegrass Circle Promotions. Involved are Cory Hemilright (Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival), Lorraine Jordan (Bluegrass Christmas In the Smokies), John

  • Debut Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising a success

    The Appalachian Cultural Music Association held their first annual Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising April 12-13 in Wytheville, VA. The event was designed to shine a light on the unique mix of old time, Americana, and bluegrass music that is native

  • Last chance for Song Of The Mountains?

    We have written in the past about the fundraising difficulties experienced by Song Of The Mountains, the popular live performance bluegrass show broadcast on dozens of PBS television affiliates across the US. The show is a hit with fans of

  • Larry Sparks exhibit opens at ACMA

    Bristol Virginia's Mountain Music Museum unveiled a permanent Larry Sparks exhibit this past Saturday (10/15). Larry was in attendance, where he spoke briefly and performed with the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. The Museum is a project of the Appalachian Cultural Music Association,

  • Cherryholmes: so long and farewell

    Cherryholmes has had quite a run of late. Over the past ten years, we've watched them go from a cute family bluegrass band of teen siblings, to a writing, touring and recording powerhouse of serious pickers and singers with their

  • VW Boys Retroactive video

    We posted last week about Retroactive, the debut CD from The VW Boys, released earlier this week. The trio from East Tennesee has also created a video to introduce themselves to new fans, and share a few of the songs included

  • Song Of The Mountains

    I had the occasion recently to speak at length with Tim White, emcee and co-producer of the popular Song Of The Mountains concert series and television show, aired on 170 PBS affiliates in the United States. The show originates from Marion,